Fire catches and grows more quickly than the amount of time it takes to read a page-turner like “The Hunger Games”.
When all is calm and Katniss doesn’t expect anything, the game makers bring fire! Fire in your home works in many similar ways. It comes quickly and you must react fast! There are common mistakes people make and house fire prevention tips you need to be aware of!
The first thing Katniss did was escape. In your home how are you prepared to escape?
Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill. Never try to gather your valuables or any higher value items during a fire, the most important thing is to get out! Breathing even small amounts of smoke and toxic gases can make you drowsy and confused. The odorless, colorless fumes can deprive you of needed oxygen, lulling you into a sleep. Your first priority is to escape!
It is wise to prepare an escape plan especially if you have a large home or family with younger children.
Know Existing Danger
Growing up watching the districts compete in the games, Katniss understood the game makers ability to keep the games “entertaining”. In knowing this she realized when she was experiencing greater risk.
In your home you should be aware of areas with greatest risk. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and the kitchen is the number one room in which they occur! Have you made proper preparations to be prepared? It is also wise to recognize who is most at risk? The fire death risk is more than double for senior citizens over the age of 70, and for children under the age of 5. Our insurance company wants to be sure you are doing all with-in your means to guarantee your safety against home fires!
Know What Saves Lives
For Katniss and Peeta to treat the severe burns felt by the fire, they needed medicine. Fortunately a sponsor, sent them what they needed to heal properly to be strong again. In the circumstances they were in, they needed all of their strength in order to survive.
Our Atlanta insurance agency works in the same way to bring healing when things have gone wrong.
In your home the first measure you can take to save lives and be prepared is to purchase fire extinguishers. This is often forgotten and a remedy that can mitigate damages and control a situation. Second, every home needs to have working fire alarms. Inspect your fire alarms and replace them when necessary. If possible sprinkler systems are becoming more cost effective and may be an option to consider for your home.
Most importantly though, discuss your home insurance plan with your insurance agent and get personal advice from someone who knows your needs and situation.
Home fires are something to be treated seriously. There are things people don’t expect to be true about home fire insurance claims (3 Burning Facts You Don’t Expect From A Home Fire Insurance Claim). We hate to see the devastation that comes following a home fire, but we are relieved we are able to bring healing.
Be safe. Katniss Everdeen was the girl on fire, let’s leave that to her.